Current Projects

PCSP-supported science projects in 2017

Note: Project information may be subject to change; for more information please contact the PCSP.

Primary Investigator Institution Project Title Study Location
Julian Aherne Trent University Impacts of Ship-Source Air Pollutant Emissions on Lake Ecosystem Health in the Arctic Pond Inlet (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Ray Alisauskas Environment and Climate Change Canada Karrak Lake Assessment of Continental Efforts at Population Reduction of Light Geese Karrak Lake and Perry River, Nunavut
Tom Andrews Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre NWT Ice Patch Monitoring Program Mile 222, Northwest Territories
Dermot Antoniades Université Laval Environmental change in aquatic ecosystems of northern Ellesmere Island Stuckberry Point, Nunavut
Pascal Audet University of Ottawa Teleseismic structure of the crust and mantle beneath Banks Island, NWT Inuvik and Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories
Jennifer Baltzer Wilfrid Laurier University Tree line dynamics and the greening of the tundra: understanding the mechanisms of these changes Trail Valley Creek, Northwest Territories
Aaron Berg University of Guelph Passive and active microwave remote sensing for active layer soil moisture measurement Trail Valley Creek, Northwest Territories
Dominique Berteaux Université du Québec à Rimouski Ecology of arctic and red fox on Bylot Island Locations on Bylot Island, Nunavut
Joël Bêty Université du Québec à Rimouski Ecology of migratory birds in the Canadian Arctic Locations on Bylot Island and East Bay Island, Nunavut
Jules Blais University of Ottawa Using lake sediments to track human impacts on Arctic freshwater ecosystems Bathurst Island, Little Cornwallis Island and Somerset Island, Nunavut
Paul Blanchfield Fisheries and Oceans Canada Testing traditional and non-traditional methods to assess walrus abundance Ivijuvik, Quebec and Sanikiluaq, Nunavut
Laura Brown University of Toronto Mississauga Lake Ice in the Canadian High Arctic Resolute (Cornwallis Island) and Polar Bear Pass (Bathurst Island), Nunavut
David Burgess Natural Resources Canada State and evolution of Canada's glaciers/ECV mass balance - Queen Elizabeth Islands, Nunavut and Northwest Territories Agassiz Ice Cap and Grise Fiord (Ellesmere Island), Devon Ice Cap (Devon Island), Meighen Ice Cap (Meighan Island), Nunavut, and Melville Ice Cap (Melville Island), Northwest Territories
Christopher Burn Carleton University Permafrost and climate change, western Arctic Canada Garry Island and Illisarvik, Northwest Territories
Scott Cairns Northwest Territories Geoscience Office Metallogenic investigation of the East Arm of Great Slave Lake Union Island and West Camp, Northwest Territories
Luke Copland University of Ottawa Glacier monitoring on Axel Heiberg Island Kaskawulsh glacier and Quintino Sella (Mount Logan), Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon
Luke Copland University of Ottawa Mass balance, dynamics and recent changes of glaciers in Kluane National Park, Yukon Expedition Fiord (Axel Heiberg Island), Nunavut
Alexander Culley Université Laval Virus-host interactions in the High Arctic Ward Hunt Island and Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Scott Dallimore Natural Resources Canada Canada-Korea-USA Marine and Coastal Geohazard Studies - 2017 Terrestrial and Marine Field Activities Herschel Island, Yukon
Peter deMontigny Parks Canada Investigation into the extent of slumping and its impact on landscape morphology within the Thomsen River Watershed in Aulavik National Park (NWT). Aulavik National Park and Polar Bear Cabin, Banks Island, Northwest Territories
Andrew Derocher University of Alberta On ice ecology of polar bears in Hudson Bay Churchill, Manitoba
Florent Domine Université Laval Study of the acceleration of permafrost thawing by climate-induced changes in snow physical properties Bylot Island, Nunavut
Christine Dow University of Waterloo A comprehensive analysis of surging glacier dynamics and controls in the Yukon Territory, Canada Lowell Glacier, Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon
Alejandra Duk-Rodkin Natural Resources Canada Glacial Limits Western Northwest Territories Fort Simpson and Norman Wells, Northwest Territories
Markus Dyck Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut Estimating the abundance of the Gulf of Boothia polar bear subpopulation via genetic mark-recapture studies Fort Ross and Kugaaruk, Nunavut
Markus Dyck Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut Estimating the abundance of polar bears in Davis Strait Allen Island, Jackman Sound, Touak Fiord, Kimmirut, York Sound (Baffin Island), Port Burwell (Killiniq Island), Nunavut and St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador
Mark Ednie Natural Resources Canada State and Evolution of Canada's Glaciers Mass Balance Northern
Cordillera, Northwest Territories
Bologna Glacier, Northwest Territories
Kyle Elliott McGill University Establishing key marine hotspots for seabirds throughout the year Coats Island, Nunavut
Brent Else University of Calgary A Weather Station Network Near Cambridge Bay to Support Safe Travel and Fundamental Boundary Layer Meteorology Research Cambridge Bay (Victoria Island), Qikiqtarjuaq Island, Nunavut
John England University of Alberta Glacial retreat and meltwater geochemistry effects on the regeneration of bryophytes resurfacing from a polar glacier, Ellesmere Island, NU Sverdrup Pass and Tanquary Fiord, Nunavut
Hendrik Falck Northwest Territories Geological Survey Evaluating the Ecotoxicology of Streams Impacted by Black Shale Layers in the Mackenzie Mountains, NWT Misfortune Lake, Northwest Territories
Steve Ferguson Fisheries and Oceans Canada Ringed seal abundance and density in a developing Arctic Churchill, MB and Pond Inlet (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Gwenn Flowers Simon Fraser University Observational constraints on glacier form and flow, southwest Yukon, Canada Kaskawulsh glacier, Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon
Daniel Fortier Université de Montréal Response of Arctic periglacial ecosystems to climate change Bylot Island, Nunavut
Daniel Fortier Université de Montréal GEO-NEIGE: Geomorphology of Northern Ellesmere Island in the Global Environment Ward Hunt Island and Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Matt Fredlund Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut Distribution and abundance of Peary caribou and muskoxen on central Ellesmere Island Grise Fiord and Eureka (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Max Friesen University of Toronto Arctic Cultural Heritage at Risk: Climate Change Impacts on the Archaeological Record in the Western Canadian Arctic Kuukpak (Richards Island),Northwest Territories
Konrad Gajewski University of Ottawa Postglacial Climates of the Canadian Arctic Locations on Prince of Wales Island, Nunavut
Colin Gallagher Fisheries and Oceans Canada Population assessment of Dolly Varden 2017 Babbage River, Yukon, Big Fish River and Rat River, Northwest Territories
Gilles Gauthier Univeristé Laval Biology of bird and small tundra mammal populations: demographics, trophic interactions and climate change Locations on Bylot Island, Nunavut
Grant Gilchrist Environment and Climate Change Canada Population studies of eider ducks breeding at East Bay Island and thick-billed murres breeding at Coats Island, Nunavut Coats Island and East Bay Island, Nunavut
Marie-Andrée Giroux Université de Moncton Connections between the Arctic and distant ecosystems through animal migrations: consequences on trophic interactions in the Arctic Igloolik, Nunavut
Etienne Godin University of Western Ontario Periglacial and paleoglacial investigation of the Haughton impact structure and surrounding terrains, Devon Island, Nunavut Haughton River Valley (Devon Island), Nunavut
John Gosse Dalhousie University PoLAR-FIT Project: Prince Patrick Island paleoclimatology, paleoenvironment, and chronostratigraphy Prince Patrick Island, Northwest Territories
Stephen Grasby Natural Resources Canada Tectonics of the Pearya Terrane, north Ellesmere Island Borup Fiord Strip, Otto Fiord and Yelverton Inlet (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Christian Haas York University CryoSat Validation Experiment (CryoVEx) Alert and Eureka (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Jim Haggart Natural Resources Canada Onshore stratigraphic studies, northwest Baffin Bay Bylot Island and Pond Inlet (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Roland Hall University of Waterloo Assessment of changes in hydroecological conditions and metal concentrations in lakes of the Peace-Athabasca Delta using novel periphyton samplers Fort Chipewyan, Alberta
Galen Halverson McGill University Old rocks in a new light: Integrating the ca. 1.1 Ga Bylot Supergroup’s tectonic history and records of environmental change in the context of new age constraints Bylot Island, Fabricius Fiord, Nunatsiaq Point, and White Bay (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Greg Henry University of British Columbia Species and ecosystem constraints on increasing vegetation cover in the High Arctic in a warming climate Alexandra Fiord and Sverdrup Pass (Ellesmere Island) and Princess Marie Bay (Axel Heiberg Island), Nunavut
Kimberly Howland Fisheries and Oceans Canada Development of community-based monitoring for aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the Canadian Arctic - preparing for increased shipping related to resource development and climate change Milne Inlet (Baffin Island), Nunavut
William Josie Vuntut Gwitchin Government Fishing Branch River Chum Salmon Habitat Assessments Eagle Plains, Yukon
Richard Kelly University of Waterloo Evaluating the role of snow microstructure on radar backscatter and phase response at multiple frequencies in an arctic environment Trail Valley Creek, Northwest Territories
Bernadette Knox Northwest Territories Geological Survey Collaborative Central Slave Province Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (VMS) Project Beaulieu River and Sunset Lake, Northwest Territories
Bernadette Knox Northwest Territories Geological Survey Structural study on the evolution of the Beaulieu River fault system, Slave Province with emphasis on local mineral endowment Itchen Lake and Point Lake, Northwest Territories
Steve Kokelj Northwest Territories Geological Survey Integrated methods to monitor permafrost geohazards, northwestern NWT Fort McPherson and Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Jennifer Korosi York University Long-term perspectives on aquatic ecosystem change with thawing permafrost Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Scott Lamoureux Queen's University Climate and permafrost change impacts on land and water in the High Arctic: integrated research at the Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory (CBAWO) Cape Bounty (Melville Island), Nunavut
Trevor Lantz University of Victoria Vegetation Change in the Western Arctic Sachs Harbour (Banks Island) and Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Isabelle Laurion Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre Eau Terre Environnement Greenhouse gas emissions from Arctic lakes: process accelerating the mineralization of organic matter released by melting permafrost Locations on Bylot Island, Nunavut
Jim Leafloor Environment and Climate Change Canada Survival in Arctic Geese (Perry River, Queen Maud Gulf Bird Sactuary) Perry River, Nunavut
Jim Leafloor Environment and Climate Change Canada Baffin Island Goose Banding and Habitat Monitoring Nikko Island, Nunavut
Jim Leafloor Environment and Climate Change Canada Southampton Island Goose Banding and Habitat Monitoring Coral Harbour (Southampton Island), Nunavut
Nicolas Lecomte Université de Moncton ARCTIC IMPACT: Arctic Integrative Monitoring of Predators in the ArCtic Tundra Bylot Island and Igloolik area (Igloolik Island), Nunavut
Josée Lefebvre Environment and Climate Change Canada Population dynamics of Greater Snow Geese in relation to habitat Bylot Island, Nunavut
Igor Lehnherr University of Toronto-Mississauga Climate Change Impacts on Mercury and Methylmercury Sources to Arctic Ecosystems Lake Hazen (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Lance Lesack Simon Fraser University Limnology and Biogeochemistry of Arctic Delta Lakes Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Esther Lévesque Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Climate dynamics and sensitivity of a High Arctic ecosystem: energy, water and carbon fluxes within the soil-vegetation-snow-atmosphere continuum. Bylot Island, Nunavut
Oliver Love University of Windsor Stress-mediated mechanisms linking individual state, climate variability and population health in Arctic-breeding birds East Bay Island, Nunavut
Robert MacNaughton Natural Resources Canada Mackenzie-Selwyn Geo-transect Goober Lake and Misfortune Lake, Northwest Territories
Dan MacNulty Utah State University Ecology and Behavior of High Arctic Wolves Eureka (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Mark Mallory Acadia University Contaminant and population research on high Arctic marine birds Prince Leopold Island, Nunavut
Mark Mallory Acadia University Tracking Arctic terns and Sabine's Gulls Tern Island, Nunavut
Ashley Manning-Berg University of Tennessee Preservation of organic matter in early diagenetic chert White Bay (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Marianne Marcoux Fisheries and Oceans Canada Tremblay Sound Narwhal Tagging Tremblay Sound (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Marianne Marcoux Fisheries and Oceans Canada Cumberland Sound narwhal population aerial survey Pangnirtung (Baffin Island) and Cumberland Sound, Nunavut
Philip Marsh Wilfrid Laurier University Hydrological Studies of the Mackenzie Delta Region Trail Valley Creek, Northwest Territories
Ian McDonald Parks Canada Hydrological and Ecological Research in Vuntut National Park, Yukon Old Crow, Yukon
Isabelle McMartin Natural Resources Canada Synthesis of Glacial History and Dynamics in the Rae Geological Province Arviat and Baker Lake, Nunavut
Troy McMullin Canadian Museum of Nature Lichens of the High Arctic Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Fosheim Peninsula and Lake Hazen (Ellesmere Island), and Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut
Darcy McNicholl Fisheries and Oceans Canada Darnley Bay Nearshore Survey - coastal fishes and habitat associations Darnley Bay, Northwest Territories
Humfrey Melling Fisheries and Oceans Canada Hazardous Sea Ice in the Canadian Archipelago

Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Christine Michel Fisheries and Oceans Canada Under-ice Monitoring of the Northwest Passage Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Nathan Millar Fisheries and Oceans Canada Enumeration of Chum Salmon on the Fishing Branch River (2017) Dawson, Yukon
Brooke Milne University of Manitoba The Analytical Quandary of Chert Quarries: A Multi-scalar Approach to Understanding Palaeo-Eskimo Technological Organization and Novice Skill on Southern Baffin Island. Locations on southern Baffin Island, Nunavut
Brian Moorman University of Calgary Rapid Landscape Evolution at the Permafrost-Glacier Interface Bylot Island, Nunavut
Douglas Morris Lakehead University Dynamics and habitat use by lemmings under climate change Cambridge Bay (Victoria Island) and Walker Bay, Nunavut
Peter Morse Natural Resources Canada Permafrost and Terrain Research for the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Infrastructure Corridor Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories
Derek Mueller Carleton University Milne Fiord ice-ocean interactions: Implications for the stability of ice shelves and glaciers in the Polar Regions Milne Ice Shelf and Purple Valley (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Derek Muir Environment and Climate Change Canada Investigating potential effects of climate warming on trends of mercury and persistent organic pollutants in Arctic aquatic and terrestrial environments Cape Bounty (Melville Island) and Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Erica Nol Trent University Effects of overabundant arctic geese on other tundra nesting birds East Bay Mainland (Southampton Island), Nunavut
Gordon Osinski University of Western Ontario A Multidisciplinary Investigation of Salt Diapirs on Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut Lost Hammer Spring and South Fiord Dome (Axel Heiberg Island), Nunavut
Chantal Ouimet Parks Canada Sustaining hydroecological monitoring to assess state of the park in Wapusk National Park, Manitoba - 2017. Locations in Wapusk National Park, Manitoba
Roger Paulen Natural Resources Canada South Mackenzie Surficial South Mackenzie River, Northwest Territories
Nelson Perry Parks Canada Assessment of Dolly Varden from Firth River and Joe Creek in Ivvavik National Park of Canada Firth River, Fish Creek, Joe Creek and Sheep Creek, Yukon
Jan Peter Natural Resources Canada Origin of hyper enriched black shale Ni-PGE deposits, Yukon Territory Eagle Plains, Yukon
Reinhard Pienitz Université Laval Evolution of postglacial landscapes and hydrological gateways in the Foxe Basin – Nettilling Lake region, Nunavut Igloolik, Nunavut
Karsten Piepjohn Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany CASE 19 Pearya Stenkul Fiord, Wootton Peninsula, and Yelverton Inlet (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Michael Pisaric Brock University A paleoecological perspective of fire and drought in the Northwest Territories from lakes and trees Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Wayne Pollard McGill University The Vulnerability of High Arctic Permafrost to Climate Change Eureka (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Wayne Pollard McGill University McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) Science Program Expedition Fiord (Axel Heiberg Island) and Resolute Bay (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Trevor Porter University Of Toronto Mississauga The last ~11,700 years of winter temperatures and atmospheric mercury recorded in ice wedges in the Mackenzie Delta region Anderson Plain, Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvik, Husky Lakes, Garry Island, and Richards Island, Northwest Territories
Roberto Quinlan York University The influence of landscape condition on biotic production in a warming environment Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Valentina Radic The University of British Columbia A field laboratory for energy and mass exchange at glacier surfaces Kaskawulsh glacier, Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon
Robert Rainbird Natural Resources Canada Dismal Lakes-Coppermine River Transect Dismal Lakes, Coppermine River, Bloody Fall, and Kendall River, Nunavut, and Dease Lake, Northwest Territories
Jennie Rausch Environment and Climate Change Canada Population studies of shorebirds at Nanuit Itillinga Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area, Nunavut (Arctic PRISM Tier 2 Site) Polar Bear Pass (Bathurst Island), Nunavut
Jennie Rausch Environment and Climate Change Canada Arctic Shorebird Monitoring Program (Arctic PRISM) - Tier 1 surveys Paulatuk and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and Back Hermann, Igloolik and Tree River, Nunavut
Eric Reed Environment and Climate Change Canada Integrating Fixed-Wing and Helicopter Surveys to Improve Detection and Species Identification of Breeding Scoters Lynx Lake and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and Churchill, Manitoba
Eric Reed Environment and Climate Change Canada Western Arctic Snow Goose Management Sachs Harbour and Siksik Lake (Banks Island), and Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Jim Reist Fisheries and Oceans Canada Coronation Gulf Chars: essential elements of diversity, habitats and conservation in northern sea-run fishes. Locations near Kugluktuk, Nunavut
Jim Ryan Natural Resources Canada GEM2 Cordilleran Project - Crustal Structure Southeast Yukon Whitehorse and Francis Lake, Yukon
Mary Sanborn-Barrie Natural Resources Canada GEM-2 Boothia-Somerset: Integrated Geoscience along the Northwest Passage Sanagak Lake, Nunavut
Benoit Saumur Natural Resources Canada GEM-2 North Baffin Bedrock Mapping Pond Inlet (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Sherry Schiff University of Waterloo Watershed biogeochemical changes in Arctic environments under a changing

Lake Hazen and Eureka (Ellesmere Island) and Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut
Christian Schoof University of British Columbia Observational constraints on glacier sliding and subglacial hydrology Kaskawulsh glacier, Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon
Jesse Shapiro Université de Montréal The Global Microbiome Library: Preserving and Understanding The Inuit Microbial Heritage Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Martin Sharp University of Alberta Dynamics and Change of Canadian Arctic Ice Caps Devon Ice Cap (Devon Island) and Lake Hazen (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Jovan Simic Parks Canada Qausuittuq National Park - Operations 2017 Locations on Bathurst Island, Nunavut
Sharon Smith Natural Resources Canada Changing permafrost conditions in the Mackenzie Valley Fort Simpson, Norman Wells and Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Shirleen Smith Vuntut Gwitchin Government Van Tat Gwich'in Historic Lifeways Project Northeast Van Tat Timber Creek and near Mount Sittichinli, Yukon
Paul Smith and Jennie Rausch Environment and Climate Change Canada Population studies of shorebirds at East Bay Mainland and Prince Charles Island, Nunavut. East Bay Mainland (Southampton Island) and Prince Charles Island, Nunavut
Oliver Sonnentag Université de Montréal Eddy covariance measurements of carbon, water and energy fluxes along a latitutidinal permafrost gradient across the Taiga Plains, Northwest Territories Scotty Creek, Smith Creek and Trail Valley Creek, Northwest Territories
Vincent St.Louis University of Alberta The Lake Hazen watershed as a sentinel of Arctic environmental change Lake Hazen (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Ralf Staebler Environment and Climate Change Canada The effect of Arctic marine traffic on air quality in Arctic communities Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Holly Steenkamp Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office Targeted bedrock mapping in the Tehery Lake-Wager Bay region, northwestern Hudson Bay, Nunavut Locations near Northwestern Hudson Bay, Nunavut
Patricia Sutherland Carleton University Helluland Archaeological Project Cape Tanfield (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Suzanne Tank University of Alberta Land-water linkages and the fate of terrestrial carbon in aquatic ecosystems of the western Canadian Arctic Inuvik and Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories
David Tavares Parks Canada Producing an accurate forage quality map for barren-ground caribou using drone and satellite images. Uyarsivik Lake, Northwest Territories
Kevin Turner Brock University Evaluating impacts of climate-induced land cover change and permafrost slumping on water and carbon balance in Old Crow Flats, Yukon, Canada Old Crow, Yukon
Warwick Vincent Université Laval Northern Ellesmere Island in the Global Environment - Northern Frontier Ward Hunt Island and Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Dustin Whalen Natural Resources Canada The acceleration of coastal change and its effect on nearshore sediment dynamics and ecosystems. Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories
Lyle Whyte McGill University Microbial investigations of permafrost and cold saline springs in the high Arctic. Expedition Fiord (Axel Heiberg Island), Nunavut
Stephen Wolfe Natural Resources Canada Abrupt Permafrost Changes within the Discontinuous Permafrost Zone Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Brent Wolfe Wilfrid Laurier University Lakes of the Peace-Athabasca Delta: hydrology, paleohydrology and contaminant depositional history Fort Chipewyan, Alberta
Carmen Wong Parks Canada Searching for Species at Risk in Kluane National Park and Reserve Fisher Glacier, Hoodoo Mountain and Kaskawulsh Glacier Area, Yukon
Monty Yank Parks Canada 2017 Ukkusiksalik National Park Operations Douglas Harbour, Repulse Bay, Sila Lodge, Snowbank and Wager Bay, Nunavut
Cora Young Memorial University Detection of contaminants in High Arctic ice cores Grant Ice Cap (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Alex Zagorevski Natural Resources Canada Stikinia Bedrock Atlin, British Columbia and Whitehorse, Yukon